Inlays & Onlays

Troy Inlays and Onlays Dentists

Our Troy cosmetic dentists care about your oral health — offering beautiful and healthy porcelain inlays and onlays to patients in Troy MI. Inlays and onlays are used in place of traditional metal fillings that can shift or crack, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria and further decay.

Here’s what you need to know about inlays and onlays. 

What Are Inlays & Onlays?

Also referred to as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are a more conservative treatment that remove less natural tooth enamel. Unlike standard fillings, these procedures strengthen a tooth's structure after decay and leave your smile whiter and healthier than ever before.

Inlays and onlays Troy MI cosmetic dentists

An inlay, an onlay, and a crown.

Inlays and onlays are different, though. When the filling material is placed in the very center of the tooth, it’s an inlay. An onlay, on the other hand, involves the dental restoration including one or more cusps (points) of the tooth. The entire biting surface of the tooth may also be covered for an onlay.

Benefits of This Approach

Inlays and onlays provide strength, durability, protection, and brilliance. They also provide an alternative to having a full dental crown placed. Typically, only the biting surface is involved for an inlay or onlay, thus eliminating the need for the entire tooth to be reshaped.

Other advantages of having either an inlay or onlay placed include:

  • Preservation of more healthy tooth structure
  • Natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing
  • Easier tooth cleaning than with a crown
  • Great protection for weak areas of a tooth
  • Ideal for cavities that are located in between two teeth
  • Stain-resistant material used

Make an Appointment Today

Our cosmetic dentists in Troy, MI, would be more than happy to repair a damaged tooth with an inlay or onlay. To learn more about the procedure, call Mosaic Dental at (248) 528-2270 to request an appointment.